Once in a great while an artist, with a history and story so compelling, returns with a product so unique and masterful, that it demands serious attention! Such is JAY PROCTOR. He is one of the great American Soul Voice’s, who during his 60’s hit period was a contemporary favorite of the legendary Temptations.
Jay Proctor, as leader of Jay & the Techniques, scored two consecutive gold records with Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie, and Keep the Ball Rollin. Jay received his first gold record live on the Ed Sullivan Show on December 31, 1967, and even recorded with Motown Records for a brief time.
Jay’s career took a tragic turn when a nightclub arson fire claimed the lives of nine friends, and left Jay hospitalized for months. Following several years of despair and recovery, Jay put a new group together and began perform regularly on the oldies circuit. In 1996, the group performed at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and in the same period, Mercury Records released The Best of Jay & the Techniques, which even contained the first new recording in over a decade with Love’s Just Not For Sale.
In 1998, Jay recorded a brand new project entitled The Main Course on Forevermore Records. Produced by label president, Christopher Biehler, the album garnered 3 songs on the Rhythm ‘N’ Beach Charts throughout the Carolinas, and was nominated for solo cd of the year at the 1999 Carolina Beach Music Awards. The album continues to garner play throughout world on Blues Radio and in Northern Soul Radio in the U.K.Jay Proctor’s latest release on Forevermore, Still Got Flow, FVR 4618-2, is a unique combination of Southern Soul, Urban AC and Northern Soul that contains essential Classic R&B and New Old School Soul! This project boasts nine original songs written by Jay Proctor and is destined to impact the Southern Soul market with Make This Promise To You and the Urban AC markets with songs such as Touched By An Angel and Got You On My Mind. Even prior to this release, the cd has celebrated the success of When Love Slips Away and I Wanna Make Love To You in the Urban AC & Carolina Beach Music radio markets; both songs reaching the top of the Rhythm ‘N’ Beach Chart. Still Got Flow continues the musical journey of one of the most distinctive and recognized voices in all of Popular Music.